|Als of the world unite!
||[Jul. 10th, 2006|10:20 pm]
S and I were sitting near Lake Bitch-n-grin yesterday as an old man ambled by us hunched over a gleaming walker. I had seen this man before, and nodded to him and smiled each time, and this time was no different. After we exchanged silent pleasantries, he turned and gestured toward the lake and exclaimed, jubilantly, "You know, this is Chicago, this is beauty; you can drink it up [at this point gesturing to his neck], you can taste it, you can breate it in!" We agreed with him and laughed a little, and he walked another two feet or so, then turned to us again, and, "You know what? Everybody's crazy, the whole world- don't take life too seriously. Laugh at it, enjoy it!" He asked me my name and I told him, and, as it turns out, his name was Al too. He was perhaps the wisest person I've ever met.
Earlier yesterday, S and I spent an hour or so in a garden that belongs to and is maintained by Loyola University. There was a flourishing raspberry plant on which we feasted while we talked. Sitting in the shade of a gazebo, we talked all about our future plans together. We've talked many times recently about what we'll do in the future, but the discussion yesterday left me feeling more secure about it all. We want to have children together, again, but not for some time. Stacey wants to finish school first, get her masters' in library sciences, and become a librarian, whereas I want to continue to learn bike repair and building, agriculture/farming, and I want to focus more on being a full-time activist. We also want to backpack Europe and possibly Africa and Asia.
There's a lot of work to be done between now and child number two, but it's really the time in between that occupied most of our conversation yesterday. S expressed that she wants to hitchhike again at some point, this time incorporating the lessons learned from the Things That Sucked the first go 'round- lighter pack, sleeping bags a must, smaller, more compact technology/cameras, and so on. I, too, want to hitchhike and/or hop trains once more, also taking to heart the lessons I learned the first time and applying them to adventures not yet undertaken. We both have an undying urge to see the southwest, the west coast, and the pacific northwest, and we'll most certainly make time to venture out that way by thumb, by hopped train, or by some meager monetary means.
I'm also hoping to get to Greenwood, SC this summer or early fall to help my friend K-- with some projects he's beginning. Not least among these is building a shotgun shack before winter comes, building up and riding a slew of bikes, and raining general insurrection on Smalltown, The South, fixin' some shit up along the way!
In talking of travelling- the nostalgia of which was not at all quelled by the flawless summer weather- we both mused on the ways in which we've grown and changed, and how having affirmed ourselves as lifelong activists, fierce anarchists, passionate lovers and partners in life, and harbingers of positivity and progress, we're sure that trekking the country a second time will be a much more fulfilling experience. We'll also be sure to save a little money beforehand this time, and possibly take odd jobs along the way, so on nights when the dumpsters are devoid of food, when rain and storm make sleeping outside questionable, when walking another 20 miles is just too much, we'll have the means to buy other options if we want to.
Living in Chicago and talking of these ideas has helped me come to some other ideological conclusions too, but I'll save them for another entry. Thanks for reading, and take care of yourselves.